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Welcome to a brand new Friday Finds! I hope you enjoyed this month's Fall beauty edit that I shared earlier this week, and I look forward to sharing more seasonal beauty picks as well as more Fall fashion and holiday decor. This week's picks include a wide variety; from the cutest Halloween dog toy and Halloween mugs and as always some wonderful beauty picks for the perfect relaxing weekend. I don't know how the weather is where you're at, but for us, the air is chilly and we have been having so many grey rainy days. It's the perfect weather for staying in and shopping online. Enjoy!

First, let's look at that adorable Halloween dog toy. At Sweet Beest, where they design pet toys for the modern home, you'll find a nice selection of rope tug toys and fun squeaky toys. Inspired by a love of their pets, home decor, and textiles; the products at Sweet Beest are designed with modern patterns, high-quality fabrics, and natural materials that are better for your p…

Do You Have the New Year's Blues?

by Patty Sherry, January 18th, 2012

Barely into the new year, you find yourself already failing at those resolutions you made. Maybe you didn’t eat healthier like you planned or you didn’t get moving more like you wanted. Maybe you didn’t get organized or ease up on work like you said you would. That person you swore you would NOT let get you upset is there in your face or in your thoughts, upsetting the hell out of you!

Maybe those personal goals you set for yourself haven’t happened yet. The money hasn’t arrived. That ideal man or woman is not in your life yet. Your clothes still fit a bit too snug? Now you find yourself taking score of your life. No, you’re definitely not messing it all up, and you are not a might just be dealing with the post Christmas/ New Years blues. 

It’s so easy to make the end of the year (or the beginning of it) your own personal judgmental time marker. I know I’ve certainly done it in the past. Sometime near mid-December I’ve said and thought to myself, “It’s the end of another year and I still haven’t acheived that goal, met that special someone, gone on that vacation bla bla bla” I’ve gone into a new year hopeful that it would get better, only to then shortly start taking score about it; mad at myself for still dealing with the same old crap from the year before. Disappointed. Frustrated. Wanting answers. Wanting change.

This is where many people can be by the middle of January. Taking score about where we are in our lives, does it really do any of us any good? Holidays, birthdays, and often anniversaries, become the triggers that can just start the mindgames and judgments rolling. It’s taken me some practice in my own self awareness to recognize this limiting pattern.

The key is what the heck do I do about it? Sometimes it’s not much more than stopping myself out loud when I hear myself beginning to go on a self judmental diatribe. When I am aware that I am starting a sentence by using some time line like, “ I can’t believe its half way through January and I still haven’t.....” I literally talk to myself and say, “Patty you’re taking score again, STOP it!” “This doesn’t serve you!”

Sometimes this is enough to snap me out of it. Sometimes not.

When I find myself already emotionally triggered and feeling awful, I’ve come to know NOT to fight the feeling or pretend I’m OK. Instead, I equate what I do to jumping into a shit pool and swimming through the awful feeling that has come up in me. “Swimming through it” is to accept how I feel, and it is the fastest way I am able to shift. It can be a dirty job, and a bit brutal, but I do emerge from the pool feeling somewhat changed. If I ignore or fight my emotions, it really only prolongs the terrible feeling. How else do I deal with the Post Christmas/ New Years blues? With gentleness. I gently remind myself that I am really OK. I’m doing the best that I can. Change is constant. And I remember to breathe. Good deep breaths always seem to center and calm me. When I lay down in bed at night to go to sleep, I will take in at least one good deep breath and let it all out.

Then I remind myself once again that we all tend to use certain times of the year to judge ourselves and others; we all tend to take score, and it just doesn’t serve us in any way. Valentines Day is soon here...need I say more?


Patty Sherry contributes on The Blog Entourage in Wellness. Patty runs her own self-empowerment and coaching company. She offers private sessions as well as workshops. Click here to find out what Patty can do for you. You can  also find more of her inspirational articles on her blog Share Your Love Story.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Patty! I'm sure everyone is dealing with it in some way. I know I certainly haven't eaten a lot healthier or worked out more! But I'm learning to let myself off the hook.:)

  2. Thank you, Patty!

    I haven't made any resolutions, but I hope 2012 will be better then the year behind me. There were good things and rough things going on last year.

  3. This is a wonderful article and we all need it by now. Thank you for this post.

  4. Thank you friends for all of your lovely comments. I love to write reminders for you about taking yourself off the hook and having less I write reminders for you, I write them for me too :)


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